Interested in seeing how microblogging can work for you? The time was right at Brandon Hall Research, so I sent instructions out to my co-workers interested in using Twitter. Since we’re all analysts, I added #3. If you’re not an analyst, you might want to seek out people in a similar position as yours to see how they are using Twitter in their work.
- Join Twitter if you haven’t already. You can post, reply, and direct message directly on the Twitter site. I use TweetDeck to manage Twitter. It’s a download. I like it better than the main Twitter page. There are other Twitter apps. You can see what apps people are using by looking at their tweets (it will say ‘via twitterfeed’, ‘via twhirl’, ‘via web’, ‘via IM’, etc.). I user Twitterberry for mobile.
- Follow some people on Twitter. You can look through my follows/followers to see if you know anyone. I follow people in the learning industry mostly. Follow me!
- Go to this site and ask that you’re name be put on this directory . Follow some analysts to see how they’re using Twitter. (see note above non-analysts)
- If you want to relive your middle and high school years, join Qwitter so you can find out when someone stops following you. Below is an example of the email you’ll receive when someone quits you. I didn’t want Eric Miltsch at Auction Direct following me anyway. He must have decided I was more interested in talking about wikis than buying a car. I provide this example simply to let you know that there’s a lot of marketing/spammy followers you are likely to see following you. Tip: when someone follows me, I take a look at their last few pages of Tweets to see if their content is relevant to my work before following them. (Of course, if someone stops following that I like, I think I’ll feel like I’ve been broken up with.) So far so good, so my twittiquette must be acceptable. )
Enjoy! See you in the Twitterverse.